Tatoo

Discussion in 'The Late Night Cafe (off-topic)' started by chefcassanova, Jan 26, 2002.

  1. chefcassanova

    chefcassanova

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    I've been thinking of getting a tatoo for a while but I have to live with it for the rest of my life so I'm having a hard time deciding what to get. I want it to represent my love of food and cooking.
    Does anyone have any sugestions?:chef:
     
  2. anneke

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    How about a "triple A"? (or the US equivalent)
     
  3. pete

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    Just after my internship at the Royal Sonesta in New Orleans was over, I recieved a letter and picture from all my friends there. I guess one night after work they all decided to go out and get a tattoo. So one of the guys created their tattoo and they all got it done. The tattoo is the chef's version of the skull and crossbones, with a chef hat on top and a crossed chef's knife and steel underneath.
     
  4. greg

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    The bump of hardened skin at the base of my left forefinger, in addition to whatever burns and nicks I currently carry, are all I really need, food-wise. If I were to get a tattoo, I'd get one that represented my view of things as a whole; some version of a yin-yang symbol.
     
  5. chefcassanova

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    Pete,

    Believe it or not that was one of the Ideas I was thinking of. Did they have the knife and steel under the hat or slightly overlapping the base. It would be great if you could post a picture of it for me to see what it looks like.

    Greg,

    I agree that all my burn scars and calisuses are a great representation of my dedication to my profession. I just always wanted a tatoo and I feel that I could live with it forever if it represented my passion of food.
     
  6. athenaeus

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    I love tatoos. I have been thinking of having one for years but I hesitated.

    I was right because I started reading and asking.

    Think about it well. By the moment you have your tatoo you become some other person. This is the point of having a tatoo.

    Think if you want to be a casserole.

    :)

    People that have tatoos have told me that once you have one very soon you will want for another one and then for another one.
     
  7. chrose

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    Chefc,
    I have seen this question a number of times in many places. The last time this discussion came up it was on a hockey BB I belong to. I'll give you the answer I gave there. Apply it as necessary.

    think hard about this. You'll have it for a long time. I got my 1st tattoo
    when I was 16, it was a panther head done by an old pro. Thank god I didn't
    get my original design! (But we won't go into that) I have since gotten it
    covered up. I wanted to add to it but with the "old style" ink it wouldn't have looked so good so I got something that was more suited to me personally. Tribal tattoos are the "latest thing" but will what looks cool to you look so cool when you're 40+. A tattoo should reflect a sense of who you are. Some tell stories, some commemorate events that are meaningful to the person. If you are going to get one it's going to cost you $$$ so you might as well get a good one. Find out about the artist. Just because they have a studio doesn't mean a thing. I could have a studio, but you wouldn't want one from me! Look up tattoos on the web and find a tattoo association and see if they are registered. See their work. While you're on the web look at different pictures, get magazines these will give you ideas.
    When you're ready, big or small sit down with the artist and custom design what you want. What is important to you. What are your core beliefs. You may not be a chef forever but what in your personal makeup made you want to be. Put that into your design. At some point perhaps I can post mine but I'll tell you how we designed it.
    I was a single guitar player who felt like I was alone in the world. All I had was my guitar which when I was alone kept me company, it brought me friends and was able to ward off what I didn't want to deal with at times. So I saw myself as sort of a warrior with an ability to create with my guitar. So we took pieces of other works and designed a warrior with a masked face holding a guitar aloft as a weapon. Of course the guitar was not a plain old guitar but a sort of modernistic weapon looking thing. There was a storm blowing underneath a full moon behind the warrior. And that's how we pieced it together using various drawings and ideas to put it together. The one last piece that I have to do is write underneath it in japanese letters "Kill the guy with the ball". That is a Steve Vai song that to me says it all and fits with me and the tat.
    Good luck, have fun and think hard make it you and not a copy of everyone else.


    In person it looks a lot better. The colors are much more vivid.
     
  8. flash

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    Hey cassanova,

    How 'bout something along the lines of a Meat Identification Stamp?

    USDA PRIME
    CHOICE
    SELECT Etc...

    :lol: You could put it right on your Jambon!!!



    flash
     
  9. athenaeus

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    Chrose

    The links you posted do not function!

    You have two?

    So they were right about the one that brings the second.

    If I had one It would be a tiny mermaid
     
  10. jim berman

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    I think tattoos are another (the ulitmate?) form of self-expression. If you select something, be sure it tells a story about you and not just because it looked cool in a magazine. I chose mine carefully and, 11 years later, am still pleased with my selection. And yes, it does change your personality. It could be that you have gone through something painful and survived. It could be that you are harboring a secret. Or that you were adventerous enough to do something daring. Either way, give it some thought.
     
  11. chrose

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    Cool tat chrose!! Right now I have only 2 (and yes, I want more!!). One is an 8 pointed star (looks very Southwestern Indian), but then it has two swords crossing through it. Lots of color and very clean lines and sharp angles. The girl who did was working under Tony Olivas, in Atlanta (one of the top tattoo artists in the country). My other tat is a compass rose from a 16th century map of the world, all colored in black and red.

    cassanova, I do not have the pic anymore, and have lost contact with those guys, but, if I remember correctly, the hat and the crossed steel & knife did not overlap.

    The favorite tattoo I have ever seen: a buddy of mine had the parade from "Where the Wild Things Are" tattooed across his upper thigh. So cool, but I will never do now, because I know someone else had it done, and as many people here have stated, I believe tattoos are a form of self-expression and I would never copy someone else's tat.
     
  13. athenaeus

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    This was a very nice thing to say.

    My wrinkles are my tatoos.
     
  15. mermaid

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    Placement is important, too; perhaps more so for women. You don't want a tattoo anywhere that's going to... well, droop. That sweet little butterfly tattooed onto a 21 year old breast, by age 60, may very well turn into a pterodactyl.
    "Grandma! Show us Big Bird!!!" :eek:

    With that consideration, my tattoo was placed at the very base of my spine. It's an image of the sun and moon, intertwined and kissing, the sun is male, the moon female. I am the moon, the sun, my husband - though I had the tattoo done three years before we met - it's perfect - he's a Leo, a sun sign.

    It's true - one tattoo and you want more - at least I do. Still waiting until my daughter is weaned from breastfeeding, though. I will probably do a back piece of autumn leaves blowing across my back.

    If I had unlimited funds and pain tolerance, I would have a mermaid tail tattooed onto me, starting at my waist and ending at my toes.
     
  16. mermaid

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    James Bond -
    I don't understand - why is Jim excluded?
     
  17. chrose

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    Well said Bond, nothing much to be added, except to say that a form of expression done by artists, but not necessarily an art form should not be condemned because of the cruelty of some who twisted it's use. I'm not saying you implied anything, I say that because I know what a horrible act has been perpetrated and selfishly, I admit it, I don't want to feel guilty that I derived pleasure of any sort from something that has deformed so many in a myriad of ways.
     
  18. mermaid

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    Originally posted by Bond,James Bond
    BTW Tonight is full moon, mermaids go out of the sea and sit on the rocks and admire the full moon as they comb their hair.

    Let's hope you live by the beach.


    Yes, tonite is the full moon. Sadly, I am a landlocked Mermaid, two hours from the beach.

    Weather permitting, however, I will still comb my hair in the moonlight.
    ;)
     
  19. panini

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    Chefcassanova, I too have a few tatoos.
    I approached my dad when I was 16 and expressed the desire for ink. His reply was, you will probably get one anyway if you really want one so consider getting it in a place where it would not show in the daily coarse of your life. Being in NYC I went to one of the premier ink artist "Spider Web" The shop was rough, bikers and scooter tramps, but the passion this person had for his art was incredible. He designed one for me and after a couple of shots I got it. Went back again and again. Mine do not show and I'm thankful for that, I have had friends trying to remove theirs just to wear short sleeve shirts at work.
    Reasearch your artist, ink is important, mine still have colors, reds, yellows, greens and they never blued after 30 yrs.
    pan
    If your a on the hot side I like the idea of a steak with an FDA grade stamp:D
     
  20. nancya

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    Thank you for sharing, James. You remind us that there are real people behind these posts.

    I think I sometimes forget that.